It really doesn’t come as a surprise that most of our modernistic Yoga moves are derived from practices originally initiated by Indian Yoga gurus. These practices are the evolutionary legacies of India’s glorious Vedic period, when sages and priest strove to find that perfect balance between mentality and physicality. Harking back to those same ideals, lets read about some of the well known Indian gurus of our modern world.
The founder of Iyengar style of Yoga, the 93 old Yoga master is considered one of the foremost Yoga teachers in the world. His trademark teachings relate Yoga as an extension of our inner consciousness that connects both our mind (with its intellect and ego) and physicality. Hence in his teachings, Yoga is represented as a moralistic ‘way of life’ rather than just an esoteric exercising regime.
Very different from B.K.S Iyengar, Suneel Singh is one of those modern day teachers with his own set of contemporary Yoga moves influenced by Zodiac Sign, Hasya Yoga and Yoga-Chi. In fact, he is very media friendly, and has been known to hold his classes in urbanized areas with a heavy cosmopolitan flavor like corporate houses and modeling schools. But more importantly, the man is a nigh brilliant Yoga practitioner in his own right with his remarkable talents of flexibility.
As proponent of artistic Yoga, Bharat Thakur’s teachings endeavor to bring both improved fitness and peace of mind together in a singular concoction. Generally faster than comparable styles, his practices are bound by the traditional faculties of Asana, Pranayama, Bandha, Kriya, Shatkarma, Mudra and Meditation.
The Yoga world better knows this 65-year-old venerable instructor as the ‘inventor’ of Bikram style of Yoga. His famous 26 types of power postures are derived from Hatha Yoga, and are known have their beneficial attributes on every part of our body. As a matter of fact, each of the individual poses is responsible for a definite part of our system; however, the collective effect works in a symbiotic manner for the whole body.
A well-known yet very controversial Yoga teacher, Baba Ramdev came into the public limelight through his nationwide broadcasts of Pranayama. His flexibility in dealing with his stomach muscles has become a nigh national phenomenon, while his breathing exercises have also gained much publicity for their simplicity. Moreover, he is also known for propagating Yoga cures for various diseases and ailments.